Saturday 28 September 2013

Setting up Second Wi-Fi Router to LAN


My office has two sections operating on different floors of the building. We are using a Wi-Fi router for our office LAN & Internet access, but the range of this router is not enough to support the other floor area. We understand that connecting another router would need a different subnet and what we need is just a switch. Is there a way to have the second router setup to just function as switch?

By: Arun Viswa


While there are specific devices that will meet this requirement, yes, this can be achieved using Wi-Fi routers as well (Some routers may have hardened the configuration and thus restricting this ability). The routers have the switching function within it and you just need to use the switching function alone. You can achieve this by configuring your second router as below: For this purpose, let us assume that your first router is setup to have your office network as / with a gateway address as and DHCP Server enabled for a range of IP addresses.

  1. Some routers automatically setup the WAN port upon connecting the network cable on the WAN port. And so, do not connect your network cable into any of the ports yet.
  2. Just connect a PC or Laptop to one of the LAN ports(usually numbered) and just go to the LAN setup section using the web based setup portal. Usually this can be accessed using the URL Consult your router manual for the default IP and the admin credentials.
  3. Disable the DHCP Server and assign a static LAN IP within the same subnet, that is outside the DHCP range of the primary router. In our case, let us assign with the same subnet and gateway as that of the first router.
  4. Now connect your LAN cable from the first router into another numbered LAN port(not the WAN port).
  5. Make sure that your primary router's DHCP range is wide enough to support the number of computers and devices that you would be connecting from both the floors of your office.

Incidentally, if you setup your Wi-fi with the same SSID and security setup as that of your first wi-fi router, you have wi-fi roaming also working. i.e. your office wi-fi devices configured to connect to your first router will automatically connect to the second router when they move into the wi-fi range of second router. Please note that as I have indicated, some router's have pre-configured firmware restricting this kind of setup.

You can always reach me for further clarification on this.

Saturday 21 September 2013

How to take Screen Shot in Android Phone?


I have seen my friends taking and sharing screen images using their iPhone. While I think that this should be possible in Android Phones as well, I could not figure out how to take screen shots in my HTC One M7 running Android Jelly Bean.

By: Niranjan Babu


Yes, Android natively supports taking screen shots in Ice Cream Sandwitch and Jelly Bean versions. It is not an explicit menu or a built in app though. The trick is that while you are at a screen that need to be framed, press and hold the Power button and the Volume Down button simultaneously. You may have to hold press and hold these buttons for about two seconds or little more, until you hear the camera click sound and visually see the screen being framed and saved into the Pictures/ScreenShots folder. Some specific vendor tweaked versions may have explicit touch buttons within certain applications.

For those who are using older Android versions like Gingerbread or earlier, then you are left with the option of using an application. You may search through the app store and find as many applications that facilitate taking screen shots. Beware that some of such apps may require you to root your OS, which is not recommended as certain manufacturer specific features may stop working once you root your phone.